The University of Mississippi, affectionately known as Ole Miss, is the state's flagship university. Included in the elite group of R1: Doctoral Universities - Highest Research Activity by the Carnegie Classification, it has a long history of producing leaders in public service, academics and business. With more than 24,000 students, Ole Miss is the state's largest university and is ranked among the nation's fastest-growing by the Almanac of Higher Education.Its 16 academic divisions include a major medical school and more than 120 areas of study, from business and engineering to creative writing and dentistry. Its offerings include the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, acclaimed for a blend of academic rigor, experiential learning and opportunities for community action; the Croft Institute for International Studies, which allows students to gain a global perspective; and the Center for Manufacturing Excellence, which incorporates coursework from the schools of Engineering, Accountancy and Business Administration into its curriculum. The John D. Bower School of Population Health, which opened in 2017, is among only three programs of its kind nationwide.The School of Law is a leader in the fields of air and space law and sports law, and one of its student teams won the 2017 North American championship in the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition. In the School of Pharmacy, nearly 100 percent of graduates pass the national licensure exam on their first try. All the degree programs in the Patterson School of Accountancy are ranked in the nation's Top 10 by Public Accounting Report. The university also houses one of only 12 Chinese Flagship programs in the nation, and its Department of Physics and Astronomy is a member of international collaborations pushing the frontiers of astrophysics, high-energy physics and studies of lightning and sound. The Blues Archives includes B.B. King's massive record collection, and the university operates Rowan Oak, home of William Faulkner, as a museum.Ole Miss is the state's only public university to shelter a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. Strong academic programs and a rich and varied campus life have helped Ole Miss graduate 25 Rhodes Scholars and 12 Truman Scholars. The campus is diverse: 44 percent come from out-of-state, with all 50 states and 90 countries represented, and 23 percent of all students are minorities.Recent campus improvements include several new residence halls and a multipurpose arena. The Student Union is undergoing a massive expansion and renovation that will nearly double its size and add meeting space, student government offices, dining options and other facilities. Ole Miss is home to 20 research centers, including the National Center for Justice and the Rule of Law, which provides training on investigating and prosecuting cybercrime; the National Center for Physical Acoustics, which is helping to quiet jet engines and use infrasound to detect tornadoes; and the National Center for Natural Products Research, where scientists work to develop new agricultural chemicals and drugs derived from plants and sea creatures to treat cancer, AIDS, fungal infections and more.The campus is consistently ranked among the nation's most beautiful, and the Grove, a 10-acre space at the heart of campus, has been hailed as the nation's No. 1 tailgating spot. The university is in Oxford, recognized as one of the nation's great college towns and a center for writers and other artists. Like Ole Miss, Oxford is modest in size but large in the opportunities it provides residents, offering many of the advantages of a larger place in a friendly and calm environment.Applicants can take the SAT or the ACT. The university will not consider the writing section of either exam when evaluating students for admission, but certain specialty programs may request these scores.